Beyond the Barrier

Beyond the Barrier is a memoir by Felicity Bielovich that recounts her journey from sanity into the agonizing depths of depression as a result of being overprescribed psychiatric drugs, including benzodiazepines. Bielovich was subjected to numerous abuses including psychiatric incarceration and forced ECT. Her memoir chronicles her fight to regain her sanity by tapering from the drugs.

The digital version of the book is available for $24.95 on, and the print version is available for $37.00. You can view the first 22 pages for free here.


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